What is certainly also a must on every historically interested person in the near vacinity and should be marked in the calender for future attendance is Asparn’s Celtic Fair on the same MAMUZ open air museum’s grounds, featurung Celtic, Germanic and Dark Age reenactment, craftsmanship, cuisine, archeological exhibitions, showfights, and vendours.
Due to it’s close proximity to the Hungarian border and Eastern European sphere of culture Asparn’s archeological park / open air museum, it seemed fitting to it’s operators and managers to host an annual Pannonian Avars and Hun festival on the thematically fitting grounds of the historically rebuilt village, amidst rustling oaks and pines, thatched roofs, blazing forge fires and the ever the watchful gaze of the village shrine’s Cernunnos statue.
The biggest challenge filming the event probably was avoiding to be trampled by the Hungarian horse archers galloping by from behind, being shot when stumbling into the sling-/javelin- or composite bow shooting range, chopped through lens and head all in one by a misguided scimitar test cutting swing, stepping in liquid bronze in the casting workshop or being beaten on the head „by accident“ when standing too close to the traditional Mongol drummers. For everyone else it was obviously and all jokes aside naturally safe and fun and the two days of the “Hunnenfest” were both culinary and historically intriguing for kids and adults, laymen and professional historians, musicians or craftsmen open to learn something new alike.
Safe to say we went home from it not only with gigabytes of thrilling footage, bags full of weapons, arrowheads, jewelry and other bought handcrafted utensils, but also new friends and contacts throughout Eastern Europe among the musicians and craftsmen, eager for new collaborations in the future.